Updated: Tuesday, 21 January 2014 04:54 | By Agence France-Presse

Malt whisky sells for record-breaking $628,000

A bottle of malt whisky has gone under the hammer in Hong Kong for the record-breaking sum of HK$4.9 million ($628,205), an auction house says. 

Malt whisky sells for record-breaking $628,000

This handout picture taken on October 18, 2013 and released by Sotheby's auction house in Hong Kong on January 18, 2014 shows the Macallan 'M' Decanter 6-litre Imperiale

The Macallan 'M' Decanter 6-litre Imperiale attracted global interest at a Sotheby's auction, the firm said in a statement which identified the buyer only as an Asian private collector.

The former British colony has become a hub for auctions of collectibles and rare items ranging from diamonds to stamps, thanks to growing wealth in China and other parts of Asia. 

An Asian buyer purchased a rare Leica camera, one of only four of its kind in the world, for $620,000 at a Hong Kong auction in November. 

Sotheby's said the bottle sold on Saturday broke the record for any single malt whisky bottle sold at auction, surpassing the $460,000 paid in New York in 2010.

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